The Volkswagen Group has agreed a significant deal for a provide of “CO2-free” lithium hydroxide to be used in cells from 2026, as a part of a sequence of partnerships it has reached to spice up its EV battery expertise.
Wolfsburg has secured a five-year settlement with the Vulcan Group for a provide of battery-quality lithium hydroxide, sourced from the Higher Rhine Rift in south-west Germany.
The Vulcan Group claims that new expertise enabled CO2-free lithium manufacturing within the area, with funding used clear geothermal vitality to make sure a claimed “damaging CO2 steadiness”.
It provides that quick provide chains additionally scale back the depending on imports for the uncooked lithium materials.
The Volkswagen Group says it intends to make use of the “climate-neutral lithium” in its deliberate standardised EV battery cells, as a part of extensive plans to make its automobile manufacturing zero-emissions.
The corporate has dedicated to opening six battery factories in Europe with a complete annual manufacturing capability of 240GWh by the top of the last decade.
The cope with the Vulcan Group is one in all a variety of agreements that it has reached to strengthen its battery expertise experience. It has additionally agreed a three way partnership with ‘clear mobility supplies’ agency Umicore for a provide of cathode supplies that will likely be utilized in its European battery factories.
That three way partnership will begin in 2025 with an preliminary annual manufacturing of 20GWh for Volkswagen’s Salzgitter manufacturing unit, rising to 160GWh by 2030 – sufficient, the automobile maker claims, to energy round 2.2 million EVs.
The Volkswagen Group has additionally invested in American start-up 24M, a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Expertise, which is engaged on a semi-solid dry-coating course of for automotive batteries.
24M believes the method will scale back materials makes use of and remove a number of steps from the standard manufacturing course of.